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Ca'binet. n.s. [cabinet, Fr.]

  1. A set of boxes or drawers for curiosities; a private box.

    At both corners of the farther side, by way of return, let there be two delicate or rich cabinets, daintily paved, richly hanged, glazed with crystaline glass, and a rich cupola in the midst, and all other elegancy that may be thought on. Bacon's Essays.

    Who sees a soul in such a body set,
    Might love the treasure for the cabinet.
    Ben Johnson.

    In vain the workman shew'd his wit,
    With rings and hinges counterfeit,
    To make it seem, in this disguise,
    A cabinet to vulgar eyes.

  2. Any place in which things of value are hidden.

    Thy breast hath ever been the cabinet,
    Where I have lock'd my secrets.
    Denham's Sophy.

    We cannot discourse of the secret, but by describing our duty; but so much duty must needs open a cabinet of mysteries. Taylor's Worthy Communicant.

  3. A private room in which consultations are held.

    You began in the cabinet what you afterwards practised in the camp. Dryden.

  4. In Spenser it seems to signify a hut, or house.

    Hearken awhile in thy green cabinet,
    The lawrel song of careful Colinet.
    Spenser's Pastorals.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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